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March 13, 1998

GREENSBORO, N.C. – University of Virginia President John T. Casteen, III, has been elected to replace University of Maryland President Dr. William E. Kirwan as the Atlantic Coast Conference’s representative on the NCAA Board of Directors. Casteen was elected to replace Kirwan, who is leaving Maryland on June 30 to become the President of Ohio State University, by his colleagues on the ACC Council of Presidents. Kirwan’s first term on the NCAA Board of Directors ended this past January and he was recently reelected to serve a four-year term ending in 2002.

The NCAA Board of Directors is the primary decision-making body in Division I, with the ultimate responsibility for the policy and direction of the division and for adopting any changes to the operating bylaws and rules of Division I. The NCAA Board of Directors is comprised of 15 Division I CEO’s, with each member serving a four-year term.

Casteen, the current Chairman of the ACC Council of Presidents, became the seventh President of the University of Virginia in August 1990. From 1985 to 1990, Casteen was president of the University of Connecticut. A native of Portsmouth, Va., Casteen currently is President-elect of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Council on Higher Education Accrediation.

“Brit Kirwan has done a superb job as the league’s representative on the NCAA Board of Directors and we will miss him in the ACC,” said Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford. “We are fortunate to be able to replace him with John Casteen, whose experience, knowledge and interest in intercollegiate athletics will enable him to serve both the ACC and the NCAA well.”

“It is a great honor and responsibility to represent the ACC on the Division I Board of Directors,” said Casteen. “Our conference not only has a reputation for competitive excellence, but also for integrity in its athletics programs. I will do all I can to see that the ACC continues to have a strong voice in addressing the critical issues facing intercollegiate athletics programs.”

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